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Episode 4.05
Series 4, Episode 5
Air date 20th October 2013
Written by Julian Fellowes
Directed by Philip John
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Episode 4.06

Episode 4.05 is the fifth episode of series four of Downton Abbey. It first aired on the 20th October, 2013 on ITV in the UK. It aired in the US as part 4 on January 26, 2014 on most PBS stations.


Change is in the air as an exciting opportunity for Alfred creates tension between Ivy and Daisy.

Isobel appeals to Violet's sense of charity, but it doesn't come without a fight, and Branson considers a whole new future for himself and baby Sybbie.

Carson is affronted by Molesley's reaction to a job offer.

Anna's secret is causing more tension between her and Mrs Hughes and when Bates overhears a fraught exchange, he's desperate for an explanation. And it leads to an ultimatum - either Mrs Hughes reveals all or Bates is leaving!


Version DifferencesEdit

Scenes added or extended in the PBS version relative to the ITV version.

  1. The order of the nursery scene and the scene where Alfred receives his cooking school invitation are reversed.
  2. Alfred's scene is then followed by a scene in Cora's bedroom between her and Baxter discussing Sybil and the pending acquisition of a refrigerator. Robert Crawley walks in on the end of the conversation mentioning that Drewe will be coming in the morning.
  3. Before the dining room scene, there is a scene between Mr. Bates and Anna discussing why she cannot stand to be in the same room with him.
  4. The scene between Baxter and Barrow is slightly extended with a discussion about Sybil.
  5. Just before Edith arrives in London, there is a scene primarily with Mrs. Patmore and Daisy discussing Alfred's departure and the new refrigerator.
  6. The scene with Mr. Bates and Mrs. Hughes revealing what happened to Anna is slightly extended.
  7. After Mr. Carson speaks to Mr. Molesley about the possibility of becoming a footman, there is a scene between Cora and Robert in their bedroom discussing Tom's possible leaving for America. Though both do not wish for him and Sybbie to go, Cora defends Tom and his wishes to Robert.

Cast ListEdit


  1. Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 5 Spoilers Tom Looks to a New Future at Zap2It
  2. Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 5 at Downton Abbey Addicts

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